The Acer Iconia Tab A700 is one of the first Andorid tablets to feature a 1080p HD display. Actually, with a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel screen, it kind of has a 1200p display, but the bottom few pixels will be occupied by the Android status bar most of the time.
Acer introduced the tablet six months ago at CES, but now it’s finally up for pre-order, for a rather reasonable sounding $449.99. It’s expected to start shipping by the end of June.
The Iconia Tab A700 features a 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and a microSDHC card slot for extra space. It runs Google Android 4.0.
Acer says the tablet should get up to 13 hours of battery life, depending on how you use it.
Ports include a micro HDMI output, micro USB port, and headset jack.
It can handle 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1, features an HD front-facing camera for video chat and a 5MP rear camera with auto-focus for snapping photos.
The Acer Iconia Tab A700 measures 10.2″ x 6.9″ x 0.4″ and weighs about 1.5 pounds. It’s available in black and silver.
Acer isn’t the first company to ship a tablet with a high resolution display. Apple’s latest iPad has a 9.7 inch “retina” display with 2048 x 1536 pixels. In other words, it’s even sharper than the A700 screen, but I bet you’d have a hard time seeing the difference unless you pressed your nose against the glass screen.
Apple’s tablet also has a higher starting price of $499 for a 16GB model, making Acer’s 32GB tablet $50 cheaper.
So its $150 cheaper than the 32GB ipad 3, with nearly the same resolution. Nice to see mfrs finally pricing these competitively, along with the TF300 and samsung galaxy 2 7″. Also the sd slot is invaluable.
Looks like Android tablets may have the sub-iPad market all to themselves (unless of course Apple introduces a smaller iPad). Tom’s Hardware reports from Computex that
“But apparently offering Windows RT for a reduced price isn’t on Microsoft’s list of goals.
Various reports claim Microsoft is charging manufacturers between $80
and $95 USD for an OEM Windows RT license to be used on a tablet. That’s
roughly the same pricetag required for the OEM version of Windows 7
Home Premium for desktops and laptops,
“…So far there’s talk that Windows RT launch tablets will range between
$549 and $799 for mainstream consumers, and between $799 and $899 for
This doesn’t bode well for Win 8 x86 tablet pricing either, which could match ultrabook prices, leaving an opportunity for AMD. As the politicians are wont to say, are MS and Intel “out of touch”?
Perhaps MS has conceded the low end tablet market to Android, hoping that Windows Phone can make inroads there. (But that’s difficult as it’s alienated HTC by not offering the latter Win RT OEM licenses.)
When will main stream devices at least give consumer’s option for Pixel Qi screen (we need such for outdoors field work). Useful for pilots running Garmin Pilot for Android software while in flight (small plane, lots of direct sun light in cockpit/cabin area, as windows are almost at least 270 degrees.
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